Being fragrance free while attending Sukhasiddhi classes and events is a wonderful opportunity to practice compassion in action.

Sukhasiddhi Foundation has a committment to maintaining a fragrance free environment so that those with chemical sensitivities can practice and study at our Center.  To this end we do not burn candles or incense, and use only fragrance free products in our kitchen and bathrooms.

We also ask that all students attending classes, retreats and other events be fragrance free while at our Center. This is important in order to keep our dharma teachings available to everyone. Please take the time to read over the information below, and make fragrance free attendance at Sukhasiddhi one of your practices of compassion.

Why Be Fragrance Free?

An increasing number of people have serious medical reactions to the chemicals in fragrances, including both natural and artificial scents. Due to allergies, asthma or other prior exposure, chemically sensitive people experience severe reactions to fragrances, including difficulty breathing, migraine headaches, flu-like symptoms and more. Different people are affected by different products in different ways, but the common factor is that the reaction, whatever the type, is very strong and disabling.

People with chemically sensitivity have a particularly difficult time in many areas of their lives.  In recognition of this, chemical sensitivity has been recognized as a disability, under the Americans with Disability Act, and many workplaces and other places, including dharma centers,  are recognizing the need to provide fragrance free environments.

The impact of fragrances and chemicals is especially prevalent indoors. Particularly in a shrine room such as ours, with no open windows or doors, the effect of even a small amount of fragrance can be devastating to someone with sensitivities.

How to Be Fragrance Free

  • Do not wear cologne, essential oils, aftershave lotion, or perfumes
  • Use fragrance free soap, shampoo, lotion, deodorant and hair products; please see information below
  • Wear clothes laundered in fragrance free laundry detergent
  • Use a fragrance free dryer sheet

What is Fragrance Free?

Fragrance free products do not add artificial and natural scents, including essential oils.  These are the best products to buy to be fragrance free. Products labeled “unscented” generally add a neutral fragrance designed to cover up an underlying scent in the product. These can cause problems.

The product label “natural” does not necessarily indicate fragrance free so are not necessarily safe to use around people with severe chemical sensitivities

With all products, it is important to look at the label.  It the list of ingredients includes the word “fragrance” – it is not fragrance free!

Fragrance Free Product List

Below is a list of fragrance free product lines that can be purchased at natural foods stores, drugstores, or online. We also carry some fragrance free items at the store at Sukhasiddhi.

Jason Fragrance Free Products – Online at and

  • Jason Fragrance Free Daily Shampoo
  • Jason Fragrance Free Daily Conditioner
  • Jason Satin shower wash, fragrance free
  • Jason Hand and body Wash, Fragrance Free
  • Jason make up remover fragrance free
  • Jason Moisturizing Crème Vitamin E Age Renewal Fragrance Free

Desert Essence Fragrance Free – online at or

  • Desert Essence Organics Fragrance Free Shampoo
  • Desert Essence Organics Fragrance Free Conditioner
  • Desert Essence Organics Body Wash fragrance Free
  • Desert Essence Organics Hand and Body Lotion fragrance Free

Every Man Jack – Good Earth, Whole Foods, CVS, Target, and online at and, and

  • Every Man Jack shave gel fragrance free
  • Every Man Jack post shave gel fragrance free
  • Every Man Jack post shave gel fragrance free
  • Every Man Jack Pre-Shave Face Scrub Fragrance Free

365 Fragrance Free Products – Whole Foods

  • 365 Fragrance Free Shampoo
  • 365 Fragrance Free conditioner
  • 365 Fragrance Free Body Wash
  • 365 Fragrance Free Body Lotion
  • 365 Fragrance Free Foaming Hand Soap Whole Foods

Cetaphil Fragrance Free Products – Walgreens, CVS

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Fragrance Free
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 Fragrance Free
  • Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion Fragrance Free for dry sensitive skin
  • Cetaphil Hand Lotion
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser Fragrance Free

EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream Fragrance Free

Alba Botanica™ Style Hair Gel Strong Hold Fragrance Free

Mitchum Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant, Power Gel, Sensitive Skin, Fragrance Free

Laundry Detergents

  • Ecos free and clear 2X Ultra laundry soap
  • Method Laundry Detergent Free and Clear
  • Planet unscented Ultra Liquid Laundry Detergent
  • Arm and Hammer laundry detergent for sensitive skin
  • Era Free 2X Ultra Laundry liguid
  • Ultra Free Laundry soap
  • Tide free and gentle liquid laundry soap

Laundry Softeners

  • 7th Generation Free Fabric Softener
  • Downy free and sensitive fabric softener
  • Snuggle free and clear

Dryer Sheets

  • Bounce dryer sheets free and clear